Florida's Atlantic coast prepares for Storm Nicole

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Nov 8 (Reuters) - Millions of Floridians were connected an exigency footing connected Tuesday arsenic a subtropical tempest steamed toward the state's Atlantic coast, threatening to thrust a unsafe tempest surge successful the country wrong the adjacent 2 days.

Storm Nicole, packing maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hr (80 km per hour), was located astir 385 miles (615 km) northwest of the Bahamas arsenic it moved westbound toward Florida, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said successful an advisory connected Tuesday morning.

With the tempest expected to fortify passim the time arsenic it traveled astatine 8 mph toward Florida, immoderate 18 cardinal radical on the state's Atlantic seashore were nether NHC issued watches and warnings.

The country did not instrumentality a nonstop deed from Hurricane Ian, but it did person dense rains and beardown winds from the catastrophic tempest that claimed much than 140 lives and caused $60 cardinal successful harm aft slamming into the state's Gulf Coast six weeks ago.

On Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a authorities of exigency for 34 counties on his state's eastbound coast, saying it was "in an abundance of caution" truthful that the area's residents and businesses tin prepare.

“While this tempest does not, astatine this time, look that it volition go overmuch stronger, I impulse each Floridians to beryllium prepared and to perceive to announcements from section exigency absorption officials,” DeSantis said successful statement.

On its forecast track, the halfway of Nicole volition attack the northwestern Bahamas connected Tuesday and determination adjacent oregon implicit the islands connected Wednesday earlier it approaches the eastbound seashore of Florida aboriginal successful the day.

Nicole's halfway was past expected to determination crossed cardinal and bluish Florida into confederate Georgia connected Thursday, the NHC said, informing of unsafe tempest surge on with dense winds and beardown rains.

"This is simply a life-threatening situation," the work said. "Persons located wrong these areas should instrumentality each indispensable actions to support beingness and spot from rising h2o and the imaginable for different unsafe conditions."

Reporting by Brendan O'Brien successful Chicago; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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